Miguel Gonzalez to rejoin Orioles’ rotation on Thursday

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Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez made it through a five-inning minor league rehab start on Saturday at Double-A Bowie and has been cleared to rejoin the major league rotation on Thursday in Boston, per Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

Gonzalez has been on the disabled list since June 11 because of a groin strain. The 31-year-old had a solid 3.33 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 59/24 K/BB ratio over his first 73 innings this season for the O’s.

Baltimore is currently in fourth place in the American League East standings but only 2 1/2 games back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays. It’s probably going to remain a tight race all summer given the absence of a single dominant team.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.